BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


This course equips graduates with a unique understanding of the world as well as the skills to pursue a career in government, politics, charities, NGOs, and more.

Taught by the School of Economics, Department of Philosophy and School of Politics and International Relations, it offers a holistic approach to understanding the world around us.

You will apply the complementary analytical frameworks of philosophy, political science and economics to gain a rich understanding of the roots of, and solutions to, real-world problems. It is probably no coincidence that many world leaders have studied philosophy, politics and economics.

You will spend a third of your time studying modules in each discipline. The modules offered are tailored to the interdisciplinary nature of the course, binding the three elements into a coherent and rigorous programme of study.

Year one

You will take modules across each discipline. Modules in mathematics and statistics form part of the first year allowing you to take a wide selection of economics modules in your final year.

In your first year you also take a year-long study skills module to ensure that the transition to university study is smooth. You will also take a year-long module that focuses on career skills and employability, including guidance on preparing your CV, interview techniques and applying for internships.

Year two

You will take modules across each discipline with more choice of optional modules. You can also apply to spend a semester of your second year studying abroad, taking similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expanding your knowledge through other options.

Year three

You can take either 40 credits' worth of politics, philosophy and economics modules, or 60 credits of modules from any two of these disciplines.

Key facts

Entry requirements

A-levels: A*AA excluding general studies, leisure studies, and global perspectives and research (A*ABB for those taking four full A levels and completing them in the same year)

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 7 (A) or above, unless taking it at A level

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.0 in speaking and listening)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need. Alternative entry requirements for those with international fees status are as follows:

International Baccalaureate: 36 including bonus points
ISC/CBSE: 90% in year 12

Applicants taking foundation courses should contact us for more information.

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details. Please note, we do not accept extended project qualifications.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the department and the University. Candidates for full-time admission are considered on the basis of their UCAS application.

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results.

Selection of those applicants to whom we will make an offer will be based upon a combination of the candidate's academic record and an assessment of all the information provided in their UCAS application, their academic reference and their personal statement.


The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year-one modules

Core economics modules

Foundations of Economics

Quantitative Method

Writing Economics

Careers and Employability for Economists

Core philosophy modules

Mind, Knowledge and Ethics

Reasoning, Argument and Logic

Core politics modules

Introduction to Comparative Politics

One from:

British Political History Since 1945

Modern Political Theory

Problems in Global Politics

Typical year two modules

Core economics modules

Principles of Macroeconomics

Principles of Microeconomics

Philosophy modules
Two from philosophy:

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Being, Becoming and Reality

Freedom and Obligation

An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics

Mind and Consciousness

The Nature of Meaning

Normative Ethics

Philosophy of Art

Philosophy of Science: From Positivism to Postmodernism

Social Philosophy

Special Topic in the History of Philosophy

Politics modules
Chosen from:

Approaches to Politics and International Relations

British Party Politics

Contentious Politics: The Struggle for Democracy in Greater China

Crises and Controversies in European Politics

Global Security

How Voters Decide

International Political Economy and Global Development

International Politics in the 20th Century

Political Parties and Party Systems Around the Globe

Social and Global Justice

Social Change and Public Policy in China's Reform Era

Typical year three modules

You will be able to take either 40 credits worth of modules from each of politics, philosophy and economics, or 60 credits worth of modules from any two of politics, philosophy and economics.

Optional economics modules
Advanced topics such as:

Development Economics

Economic Policy Analysis

Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Financial Economics

Industrial Organisation

International Money and Macroeconomics

International Trade Policy

International Trade

Labour Economics



Monetary Economics

Political Economy

Public Sector Economics

Optional philosophy modules

Advanced Logic

Advanced Topics in Aesthetics

Advanced Topics in Meta-ethics

Advanced Topics in Social Philosophy

Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Mind

Buddhist Philosophy

Communicating Philosophy


Environmental Ethics

Free Will and Action

God and Money

Language, Metaphysics, and Metametaphysics


Philosophy of Criminal Law

Philosophy of Sex

Rawls' Political Philosophy and its Critics

Taking Utilitarianism Seriously

Topic in the Philosophy of Sciences

Optional politics modules

Airpower and Modern Warfare

Government and Politics in the USA

Ideas and Politics in Contemporary Britain

Immigration and Citizenship

Parliamentary Studies

Politics and Drugs

The War in Iraq

Study abroad

On this course, you can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia and Canada.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.


A degree from Nottingham can give you a head start in your career. You will acquire a strong academic foundation and a range of excellent skills in philosophy, politics, and economics, as well as transferable skills, such as the ability to study independently and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

You will have the capacity to grasp complicated economic concepts, whether they are mathematical or philosophical in nature. You will be highly adept in analytical reasoning, clear presentation of ideas, constructive discussion and the ability to articulate complex ideas and lines of reasoning in accessible ways.

You will also develop specialist knowledge of political ideas and concepts, international issues, and political systems that will enhance your global career prospects.

Our graduates opt for a wide variety of careers, including investment banking, accountancy, tax consultancy, working in government offices, auditing, management consultancy, print and television journalism, councillors in local government and many more.

Average starting salary and career progression

94.5% of undergraduates from the School of Economics had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £60,000.*

95% of undergraduates from the School of Humanities had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,000 with the highest being £32,000.*

93.6% of undergraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,000 with the highest being £75,000.*

The School of Economics ranked 2nd in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with graduates earning an average of £8,810 more than expected five years after graduation.**

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

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Last updated November 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
3 years
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9,250 GBP
£9,250 (UK/EU) - £17,550 (international)
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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